Finland women's national football team

The Finland women's national football team, also known as nickname The Boreal Owls (Finnish: Helmarit),[1] represents Finland in international women's football. The team, controlled by the Football Association of Finland (SPL/FBF), reached the semi-finals of the 2005 European Championship, surprising the female football world having drawn with Sweden and beaten Denmark. Finland hosted the 2009 EC finals.[3]

Finland
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Helmarit (the Boreal Owls)[1]
AssociationFootball Association
of Finland

(Suomen Palloliitto)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMarko Saloranta (interim)
CaptainTinja-Riikka Korpela
Most capsAnna Westerlund (145)
Top scorerLinda Sällström (51)
FIFA codeFIN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 30 Decrease 1 (13 October 2022)[2]
Highest14 (September 2005)
Lowest32 (March 2019)
First international
 Finland 0–0 Sweden 
(Mariehamn, Åland 25 August 1973)
Biggest win
 Bulgaria 0–8 Finland 
(Lovech, Bulgaria 21 August 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 9–0 Finland 
(Vejen, Denmark 26 July 1975)
European Championship
Appearances4 (first in 2005)
Best resultSemi-finals (2005)

The Finnish team has had a few players that are considered to be among the best in women's football, such as Laura Österberg Kalmari, Sanna Valkonen and Anne Mäkinen.

As of August 2022, the team is ranked 29th in the FIFA world ranking. From 2004 to 2010 the typical ranking was #16.[4]

HistoryEdit

The beginningEdit

The Finland women's national football team played its first international match in 1973 against Sweden. The game was played in Mariehamn, Åland.

Team imageEdit

NicknamesEdit

The Finland women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Helmarit (the Boreal Owls)"[1].

Results and fixturesEdit

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Fixture

2022Edit

16 February 2022 Tournoi de France France   5–0   Finland Le Havre, France
Report Stadium: Stade Océane
Referee: Eszter Urbán (Hungary)
19 February 2022 Tournoi de France Finland   0–3   Netherlands Le Havre, France
Report
Stadium: Stade Océane
22 February 2022 Tournoi de France Brazil   0–0   Finland Le Havre, France
Stadium: Stade Océane
Referee: Victoria Beyer (France)
12 April 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification – UEFA Group A Finland   6–0   Georgia Helsinki
17:15 (18:15 EEST)
Report Stadium: Bolt Arena
Referee: Reelika Turi (Estonia)
27 June Friendly Finland   1–5   Japan Turku, Finland
--:-- UTC+2 Stadium: Veritas Stadium
2 July Friendly Netherlands   2–0   Finland Enschede, Netherlands
18:00 UTC+1 Stadium: De Grolsch Veste
8 July UEFA Euro 2022 group stage Spain   4–1   Finland Milton Keynes, England
Report Stadium: Stadium MK
Attendance: 16,819
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
12 July UEFA Euro 2022 group stage Denmark   1–0   Finland Milton Keynes, England
Report Stadium: Stadium MK
16 July UEFA Euro 2022 group stage Finland   0–3   Germany Milton Keynes, England
Report
Stadium: Stadium MK
Attendance: 20,721
Referee: Emikar Calderas Barrera (Venezuela)
12 November Friendly Wales   1–1   Finland San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain
--:-- UTC+1

Coaching staffEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

As of August 2022

Manager historyEdit

As of 24 July 2022
Tenure Coach Record
G W D L Win %
1973–77   Juhani Nirkkonen 12 1 1 10 008.33
1978   Simo Syrjävaara 3 1 1 1 033.33
1979–89   Kaj Österberg 44 13 12 19 029.55
1989–92   Jyrki Nieminen 24 3 4 17 012.50
1993–96   Nils Suomalainen 24 4 5 15 016.67
1996–00   Reima Kokko 46 11 3 32 023.91
2001–09   Michael Käld 107 35 22 50 032.71
2010–16   Andrée Jeglertz 76 27 13 36 035.53
2017   Marko Saloranta 6 2 0 4 033.33
2017–2022   Anna Signeul 47 19 11 17 040.43
2022–   Marko Saloranta 0 0 0 0 !

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

FinlandEdit

The squad was announced on 9 June 2022 for Women Euro 2022.[5]

Stats after match with   Germany on 17 July 2022. Head coach:   Anna Signeul

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Katriina Talaslahti (2000-09-21) 21 September 2000 (age 22) 2 0   FC Fleury 91
12 1GK Anna Tamminen (1994-10-30)30 October 1994 (aged 27) 6 0   Hammarby
23 1GK Tinja-Riikka Korpela (captain) (1986-05-05)5 May 1986 (aged 36) 109 0   Tottenham Hotspur

2 2DF Elli Pikkujämsä (1999-10-24) 24 October 1999 (age 23) 18 0   KIF Örebro DFF
3 2DF Tuija Hyyrynen (1988-03-10)10 March 1988 (aged 34) 121 3 Unattached
5 2DF Emma Koivisto (1994-09-25)25 September 1994 (aged 27) 78 3   Liverpool
6 2DF Anna Auvinen (1987-03-02)2 March 1987 (aged 35) 20 0 Unattached
11 2DF Nora Heroum (1994-07-20)20 July 1994 (aged 27) 84 1   Parma
15 2DF Natalia Kuikka (1995-12-01)1 December 1995 (aged 26) 71 3   Portland Thorns
16 2DF Anna Westerlund (1989-04-09)9 April 1989 (aged 33) 145 4   Åland United

4 3MF Ria Öling (1994-09-15)15 September 1994 (aged 27) 62 9   Rosengård
8 3MF Olga Ahtinen (1997-08-15)15 August 1997 (aged 24) 46 3   Linköpings FC
9 3MF Juliette Kemppi (1994-05-14)14 May 1994 (aged 28) 64 5   IFK Kalmar
10 3MF Emmi Alanen (1991-04-30)30 April 1991 (aged 31) 97 21   Kristianstads DFF
13 3MF Jenny Danielsson (1994-08-30)30 August 1994 (aged 27) 39 7   Rangers
19 3MF Essi Sainio (1986-09-09)9 September 1986 (aged 35) 58 3   HJK
20 3MF Eveliina Summanen (1998-05-29)29 May 1998 (aged 24) 44 7   Tottenham Hotspur

7 4FW Adelina Engman (1994-10-11)11 October 1994 (aged 27) 85 12   Hammarby
14 4FW Heidi Kollanen (1997-06-06)6 June 1997 (aged 25) 19 2   KIF Örebro DFF
17 4FW Sanni Franssi (1995-03-19)19 March 1995 (aged 27) 60 3   Real Sociedad
18 4FW Linda Sällström (1988-07-13)13 July 1988 (aged 33) 120 51   Vittsjö GIK
21 4FW Amanda Rantanen (1998-05-11)11 May 1998 (aged 24) 13 1   KIF Örebro DFF
22 4FW Jutta Rantala (1999-11-11)11 November 1999 (aged 22) 8 1   Vittsjö GIK

Recent call upsEdit

The following players have been called up to the squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up


MF Iina Salmi (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 28) 14 1   Valencia v.   Brazil, 22 February 2022

RecordsEdit

*Active players in bold, statistics correct as of 9 July 2022